Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio

Music Sound and Technology in America A Documentary History of Early Phonograph Cinema and Radio This unique anthology assembles primary documents chronicling the development of the phonograph film sound and the radio These three sound technologies shaped Americans relation to music from the la

  • Title: Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio
  • Author: Timothy D. Taylor Mark Katz Tony Grajeda
  • ISBN: 9780822349464
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • This unique anthology assembles primary documents chronicling the development of the phonograph, film sound, and the radio These three sound technologies shaped Americans relation to music from the late nineteenth century until the end of the Second World War, by which time the technologies were thoroughly integrated into everyday life There are than 120 selectionsThis unique anthology assembles primary documents chronicling the development of the phonograph, film sound, and the radio These three sound technologies shaped Americans relation to music from the late nineteenth century until the end of the Second World War, by which time the technologies were thoroughly integrated into everyday life There are than 120 selections between the collection s first piece, an article on the phonograph written by Thomas Edison in 1878, and its last, a column advising listeners desirous of gaining from music as presented by the radio Among the selections are articles from popular and trade publications, advertisements, fan letters, corporate records, fiction, and sheet music Taken together, the selections capture how the new sound technologies were shaped by developments such as urbanization, the increasing value placed on leisure time, and the rise of the advertising industry Most importantly, they depict the ways that the new sound technologies were received by real people in particular places and moments in time.

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    1. An enjoyable and often funny collection of op-eds, letters, and advertisements. While reading, I kept flashing back to a trip to Seattle in 1999 when the billboards for soon-to-vanish dot coms were crowding out the Space Needle. But among all the kooky and doomed ideas--keep your guests entranced with recorded lecture libraries!-- were some truly great ones. My favorite was the Illustrated Song Machine, a predecessor to the music video, used in nickelodeons and vaudeville acts, and a little subs [...]

    2. “Measuring the cultural importance and metaphysical weirdness of that change is part of the project of Music, Sound, and Technology in America, an anthology of fascinating artifacts whose prosaic title belies its insights into the early years of the recorded-sound era. . . . [T]he editors of Music, Sound, and Technology in America exhibit a canny ear for the electrifying echoes between then and now.”--Andy Battaglia, Wall Street Journal

    3. Recorded sound has been so routine, for so long, that we forget it was once a brand-new technology, as disruptive of existing social and cultural norms as today’s digital devices, and as sharply contested. We have trouble imagining, even imperfectly, a time when its potential had not yet been fully explored, and its unintended side effects had not yet been fully manifested. We forget that the social, cultural, and artistic conventions governing the use of recorded sound are conventions, negoti [...]

    4. I enjoyed reading these short chapters from various sources. It was easy to read and I learned a lot about sound technology.

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